Ramiro asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 2 months ago

What language should I choose to read in for my 15 month old? ?

My wife an I speak in spanish all the time at the house. My wife spends most of the time with our baby (15 month old) and speaks to him in spanish as do I when I get home from work. He does watch cartoons in English. At this point he has not said a word yet. He yells and he does say things but nothing understandable. Should we just focus to read to him in Spanish? Would it confuse him if we read to him in English? Thanks in advance. 

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  • 1 month ago

    Both ! Babies absorb languages like a charm, if you raise him in both languages he'll be bilingual. He's already learning both spanish and english in your home environment anyway. He might mix the two in the beginning, but that'll probably resolve once he starts going to school and making friends.

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  • Petter
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Swedish of course. =)

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  • Cathy
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    Concentrate on Spanish.  He will speak both languages fluently when he is five years old.

    Source(s): Melania Trump
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  • 1 month ago

    Read in both languages. It doesn't confuse a young child to pick up words from both English and Spanish. Kids at that age are just absorbing everything they hear and learning. Hearing the sounds of different languages in your developmental years help you become fluent as an adult. Also it's easier for kids to become multilingual the earlier they begin learning a language! Spanish and English are both extremely valuable languages to learn and I wish I had been raised in a bilingual environment. Best of luck.

    ~Kate Yelkovan~

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    You can read to him in both languages.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    imagine your child speaking spanish.  When she goes to kindergarten, she would have trouble understanding to what the teacher says.   If she wants to socialize, she needs to speak English with her classmates. 

    so my advice, speak english.  When she knows to speak English, talk also in Spanish at HOME.   So her understanding of Spanish is from the English language.  not vice versa.    She will be bilingual and can work in a business that needs a translator.

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  • 2 months ago

    Both -- on different occasions of course.  And he should hear you and your wife speaking both to each other.  Young children can handle more than one language.

    My husband and I stopped speaking Greek at home because our eighteen-month-old son was barely talking.  He STILL didn't talk.  Then, a couple days after his second birthday, he was on the floor playing with toy tools and shocked me by saying:  "Mama, give me that hammer over there" --- !!!

    A librarian friend of mine said:  "Up till then he was cataloging."  

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  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Should we just focus to read to him in Spanish?

    no

    Would it confuse him if we read to him in English?

    no

    Babies have no problem growing up with two or three languages, as long as it's clear when/where which language is used. Using a language some times of the week works. Linking every language to certain company works too. If English is your native language or you live in angloland, English definitely should be one of the languages the child grows up with

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    If you live in an English speaking country like the US, it will be harder for him/her to learn good Spanish later on, so start with Spanish and maybe find some Spanish cartoons for him/her to watch.. if not on TV, on YT or something.  Right before the kid is ready to enter preschool you can start teaching them English.  At that age they will learn to speak perfectly without an accent.  I learned English at 9 and I have no accent.  

    • Zirp
      Lv 7
      2 months agoReport

      There's no need to confine the child to one language, and nobody speaks without an accent

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  • 2 months ago

    Your child is 15 months old and not saying words like "mama", "dada", "bye-bye", "dog", etc?

    I think you should talk to your pediatrician to see if they would advise getting the toddler into some speech therapy or something else.

    - babies develop at different stages but this is on the far side for not saying any real words.

    It doesn't matter what language the child speaks them in.

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    • A Hunch
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      Hi RE, I agree and "tried" to direct the parents to that.  However, since they asked the question on the weekend, I didn't want to freak them out too much and have them stress until they could get into see their ped. 

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